Our Local Music Spotlight feature this week is Ruff Trade. They are an explosion of Roots, Rock, Reggae born in 2016 on the streets of Manchester, UK.
Fronted by Mancunian brothers Ryan & Chris Ruff Trade quickly gained local popularity and they soon hit the studio recording their debut E.P Urban Jungle in 2017, which was mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London.
Since 2017 Ruff Trade have gigged extensively across the UK performing at many live music venues & festivals hitting the main stages at renowned reggae venues including Hootananny Brixton, One Love Festival, Party In The Pines & Positive Vibration to name a few.
Ruff Trade have also backed legendary reggae artists such as Prince Hammer, Dennis Bovell & Keith Poppin amongst others on festivals and mini tours across the UK all of whom have praised the band highly and recognise Ruff Trade as an exciting fresh emerging British Reggae talent.
On May 1st 2022 Ruff Trade were scouted by Terence F Clark, drummer for international country artist Keith Urban, explaining to Urban that Ruff Trade are quote "The Real Deal". Keith Urban came to Manchester city centre to watch the band busk and invited Ruff Trade to perform during his set on the Manchester leg of his sell out tour "The Speed Of Now Tour 2022". Two days later saw Ruff Trade perform to a sell out Manchester O2 Apollo audience playing 2 tracks, finishing off with a cover of UB40 classic "Red Red Wine" which Keith Urban joined the band on backing vocals.
October 2022 welcomed the highly anticipated release of Ruff Trade's debut album “Mancunian Way”. Tracks from the album have been picked up by BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Manchester and other stations across the world.
They also visited the studios for a live interview on The Dave Sweetmore Show on Monday night, this can be heard again on the 'On Demand' feature of the stations website. For more information on Ruff Trade, the Local Music Spotlight feature, and a link to the features official Spotify account, visit tamesideradio.com
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